Sevenoaks District Draft Local Plan Consultation July 2018

Document Section Draft Local Plan July 2018 Supporting a Vibrant and Balanced Economy Visitor Economy Policy 14 - Town and Local Centres [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID DLPP590
Respondent Chevening Parish Council (Judi… [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 11 Sep 2018
Current Status Accepted

The key to creating vibrant communities is to have retail units close to the community and to support local retail units which employ and are run by local people.   Simply building more retail units will not bring long term sustainable business to towns and Parishes. There doesn’t appear to be provision for supporting retail opportunities within Parishes – indeed creating Aisher Way in Riverhead as a destination in it’s own right and a neighbourhood centre will impact on future planning decisions for the shops in Riverhead and become a self fulfilling prophecy of a single huge store driving out small local business